Why a Pond Filter?
If you have a small pond, especially a man-made pond, a pond filter can be a very important addition to your pond habitat. For ponds that are natural, a filter may not be needed, especially if the water is always clean. If your pond is murky or has fish, however, a pond filter will do wonders to clear up the water, control the smell, and make it easier for you to enjoy viewing your aquatic guests.
Commercial Pond Filters
It is easy to find commercial pond filters from garden center or by doing a quick online search. Filters come in many styles and sizes to accommodate ponds based on their size or the amount of water that needs to be cleaned.
The great thing about commercial pond filters is that they work well and they are ready to go right away. The problem is that they are expensive. The good news is that it is possible for you to build your own DIY pond filter and get great results while saving a bit of money.
Homemade Pond Filters
If you are handy you can make your own pond filter with supplies that will be found at any garden center. The most common way for the do-it-yourselfer to do this is to use a water pump and then to make the filter with common and inexpensive parts.
The basic idea is to pump water from the pond into the filter and then return the water to the pond, and to repeat this process all day long.
Common homemade pond filters will use a large container like a storage bin or even a garbage can that includes filtering material such as media filter for the water to pass through. Then, several holes are drilled at the bottom or on the sides to allow the water to flow through the container. As water continues to pass through the filter all day the contaminants and fish waster are trapped and the pond water is cleaned.
If you do make a homemade pond filter there are some easy ways to hide it.
First of all, you should submerge the filter into the ground in some way so that it does not stick out too much. You want the filter to be just higher than the water level, but barely. There is no need to have an unsightly container on the shore of the water in full view.
After that, landscaping around the container is a must. Use large rocks, shrubs, or perennials to hide the container and turn that area into a planting area. For a more natural look add common pondside plants to the area that have moderate height and will hide the filter from view. All that you need to keep up is a path to the container for cleaning and maintenance.
A really neat option is to set the filter up a few feet and let the water trickle back down to the pond via a rock bed "creek". This will create a natural looking stream entering the water that will agitate the water surface and create a sound that will attract birds. More natural features like this will make your pond fish look even more at home in the pond.
There are many places to get plans for a homemade pond filter. You can check at your local garden center or do a search to find online how-to articles or videos that show you some options in detail. If you really want to make your own pond filter it is very achievable. It just takes a little work and a trip to the hardware store.
Homemade pond filters are a great option for DIY pond owners.